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Reduce, Reuse and Recycle (before we run out of space at the dump!) Overview
Students will develop an understanding of the 3 R's (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle). Subject(s)
REDUCE ==> less garbage.
REUSE ==> use an item more than once.
RECYCLE ==> turn an item into another useful item.
Students will be able to:
understand the need for waste management.
understand the meaning of the terms REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE. differentiate between the terms REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE. document their own ideas for using the 3 R's with respect to a number of simple objects. document their own ideas for recycling tin cans.
Trash bin filled with trash. For example:
- scrap paper
- tin cans
- toilet paper rolls
- empty kleenex boxes
- empty milk cartons
- empty pop bottles
Printables for this Lesson Plan:
- Make Believe News Story to read or illustrate.
- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle worksheet
- Tin Can Recycling worksheet
Websites for Research:
A LOT of ideas for Recycling (They call it 'reusing' but it's actually recycling since they're making something different out of it. Regardless, I've never seen so MANY ideas before!) Off-Line Resources
BOOKS TO READ:
The Wump World This story is too young for the Grade 5 and 6 age group, but is a great choice for the kids to read to their 'younger buddies' if you have a mentoring program at your school. It gives the Grade 5 and 6 students the chance to share their knowledge about the 3 R's with younger classes. (Plus it's a great story)
Fun With Recycling: 50 Great Things for... Age appropriate arts and crafts type ideas.
Sir Johnny's Recycling Adventure Great story + hands on activities. Age appropriate.
Rubbish!: The Archaeology of GarbageAdult book. Good read for teachers prior to the unit. I enjoyed the emphasis on how garbage has been an issue for civilizations throughout history. Preparation
Fill trash bin to overflowing with trash items and place it in the usual spot. Set out books on recycling, the environment, etc in the reading center.
Prepare a make believe newspaper article from the year 2025 along the lines (printable version):
MAYOR ANNOUNCES THAT THE CITY HAS RUN OUT OF ROOM FOR GARBAGE. TRASH BINS OVERFLOWING!
In a news conference yesterday, the Mayor announced that the garbage dumps have started to overflow. Despite the mayor's efforts to find a suitable location for a new dump, the garbage crisis has not been resolved. An emergency meeting has been called for this evening to discuss final plans for dumping the city's garbage.
During the news conference, the mayor said, "Er, our best plan so far is to eliminate school playgrounds. If we dumped the garbage in the space currently occupied by all school monkey bars and fields we should be able to resolve the problem for another year or two. And hey, the kids will still have their gyms to play in... " Parents and students began protesting the proposed action but stopped when they realized that the next best plan was to dump garbage in everyone's backyards.
Ask the children if they know what happens to garbage after they put it in the garbage can. Write their thoughts on the white board. Explain to the children that garbage goes to a garbage dump (landfill) and that once one landfill gets full room for another one must be found.
Ask the children to imagine what it would be like if the city ran out of room for garbage. Comments aren't necessary at this point... just have them imagine it in their heads. Read them the make believe news story from the year 2025.
Ask the children what they can do today to keep the news story from coming true? Write their ideas on the board. Introduce the concept of the 3 r's (REDUCE, RECYCLE AND REUSE). Classify...
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